Nepal has launched its first project to generate electricity with wind-solar hybrid system after the strong wind ruined the previous Himalayan experience carried out in the renewable energy sector.

The venue this time is eastern Nepal after the failure in 1989 which involved the installation of wind turbines in the north, where six months were shattered by the strong currents of air down a ridge that is the roof of the world.

The aim of the new initiative is to produce 12 kilowatts per day by wind turbines and solar panels to provide electricity to the population of Dahubadi, in which the project has been a real revolution for its 400 inhabitants.

“Now we can watch TV when you want to charge mobile phones and that our children study at night,” told Efe Padam Bhadur Rana Magar, a resident of the village who explained that the new system has a host of other jobs.

To provide them with that until now was its main source of energy, kerosene, Dahubadi residents were forced to travel on foot, by car or donkeys and horses the 27 miles that separate the village from the nearest road.

When running out of kerosene, the issue was more complicated, the neighbors sometimes had to resort to burning the dried feces of cattle, and also human, for lighting, heating and cooking, a scenario that has been finished with the new system.

Dahubadi lives ginger cultivation, which is their main source of income and a plant that is dried before sale, up to the launch of the initiative drying wood burning was achieved but the process now made ​​solar panels.

The next innovation will be the access to drinking water, people get walking for fifteen minutes to reach the nearest spring but once started the project it is hoped soon to be pumped to the town.

Sponsor of the revolutionary system is the Asian Development Bank (ADB), based in Manila, as part of a program that also includes projects in other African countries such as Bangladesh, Mongolia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

In Nepal, the hope is that, to be crowned with success, Dahubadi model used to apply the method in another 1,000 towns in the country, one of the poorest in the world where 48 percent of its population lacks electricity .

That prospect has prompted authorities in Kathmandu, who lack political line in the field of renewable energies, to plan the creation of a sector fund, announced Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Krishna Gyawali.

But sources said the finance company promoter Dahubadi experience before extending the project to other locations where calibration is required and how to install the hybrid system to avoid fiascoes like a little more than two decades.

An expert from the government’s Center for Alternative Energy Promotion, Surya Sapkota, Efe told that the danger is precisely the capacity to generate wind power has the Himalayas, whose enormity can become an obstacle.

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